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Best Practice for PowerPoint Files in Blackboard Collaborate

Best Practice advice for when creating PowerPoint slides to use within Blackboard Collaborate.

 Advice when creating PowerPoint slides for Collaborate Session

  • Use Arial font
  • Do not extended margins (keep default)
  • Not too much wording as may cut off bottom of slide - create a new slide instead
  • Keep the file name short without special characters
  • File size limit of 60MB - best to keep as small as possible
  • No animations (these will not work in Collaborate as the conversion tool flattens the documentation)
  • No embedded video or audio files
  • No high resolution images

Convert the PowerPoint to a PDF (Recommended)

It is recommended to convert your PowerPoint to PDF, then upload the PDF file instead to Collaborate.  It will upload quicker and easier than a PowerPoint file.  A PDF will not change when it's uploaded to Collaborate unlike a PowerPoint file as it has already gone through the conversion process when converting from a PowerPoint file to a PDF.  Therefore you will know exactly what the slides will look like when uploading them to a Collaborate session.

Please see below for instructions on converting a PowerPoint to PDF.

Save PowerPoint presentations as PDF files

Convert the PowerPoint to a PDF file (this is what the file will look like after it's been converted by the conversion tool in Collaborate, as well as quicker to upload a PDF file then a PowerPoint file to Collaborate)

Further Information:

If there are any issues with uploading the PowerPoint file to the Collaborate Ultra session, please see this webpage for workaround advice:

Unable to upload PowerPoint presentation